Pamela St Claire 1940-2015

Rest in peace my dear sister.

Cruise to Japan

Way back when I was in secondary school (and I mean way back), I studied Japanese. For 5 years! Not unsurprisingly I guess, ever since that time I've longed to visit Japan, but have always been put off by the horror stories about how expensive it is. But earlier this year I happened to espy a Royal Caribbean cruise that sailed from Singapore to Tokyo over 10 nights, at a very reasonable price. So thought maybe it's finally time to go. However what convinced me ultimately was the timing of the cruise Read more [...]

Kanawa Island

Definitely would like to go back to Kanawa one day. Oh, and quite a nice photo on their new ad too. I wonder who the photographer was? ;)


A New Branch or Two on the Family Tree

 Persistence has finally paid off. For years I've been sifting through scans of old documents in an effort to extend the family tree further back in time on the Kakoschke line. After pouring over dozens of barely legible scans of births, deaths and marriages in Groß-Blumberg and Pommerzig from the latter half of the 19th century,  I recently came to the conclusion that a death registered in 1876 might well hold a relevant clue. The document was very difficult to read for two reasons - the scan Read more [...]

55th Birthday Adventure Trip

Back when I turned 50 I decided I should indulge myself somewhat with a trip to Las Vegas. And for each 5 year "milestone" after that, to cross some places off my Bucket List. So, for my 55th birthday, it was off to Indonesia to visit Krakatoa and Komodo. I met up with my daughters Skye & Jenny, and Jen's husband Dave, in Jakarta. I had pre-arranged an overnight camping trip to Krakatoa through a chap named Thom. His website is Krakatau Adventure. He did a great job with the logistics at a Read more [...]

2014 Summer Holiday

Had a very enjoyable 4 week break this summer. We visited Thailand, staying at some old favourites, plus visited some new places. The Lebua Hotel in Bangkok is just a delightful place to stay. Once again I couldn't fault anything about our visit and will definitely be returning first chance we have! Likewise, the Sunrise Tropical Resort in Krabi is like an old friend - I never tire of going back. This time we also visited Koh Tao, Koh Nangyuan and Koh Samui on the eastern side of the Thai Read more [...]